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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 80
Gots: 245 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Ratings: 1,466 | Reviews: 451
Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, honey, light biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around good complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big 3" head that slowly recedes. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: cinnamon and nitmeg are up front, and some caramel sweentess is a bit softer on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are are most prominent. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol tones are soft but warming. Some buttery textures arrive late during the swallow. There is a bit of a hidden earthy tone here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a hint of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this beer went down fairly quickly depsite the higher alcohol levels. Overall a tasty beer from Shipyard.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy copper to reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) with some light hints of sweetness. Also, there is a very light presence of alcohol in the smell.

T: There are some light notes of sweetness upfront in this beer (almost like a cream soda sweetness). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with very good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices which are in good balance with one another. Easy to drink because the beer is not overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste - though at 9% ABV this is very much a sipping beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a firm head with great retention especially for a pumpkin ale. No real lace.

S: Pumpkin pie and some allspice though lighter than in most pumpkin beers, definite notes of Munich malt and booze.

T: This is a big boy. Ethanol hits you big at the beginning of this beer, hot but dies down a bit as it warms possibly because the other flavours are coming out. On the backswing there are good pumpkin and pie crust, some nutmeg and fall spice as to be expected. Not really well balanced overall, but the end of the bomber finished a lot better than the beginning.

M: Full-bodied, solvent-like ethanol character for sure with a bit of a burn going down, as I said before, this beer does not hide its 9%. Sweetish aftertaste, pretty clean overall, the structure is good.

D: This is really a mixed bag, there are good parts and bad parts. This would make a good cool weather warmer, makes you feel good inside, but I'd have someone to split the bottle with.

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the duty CANtrarian and having been to several "Christmas In July" events in the past few weeks, it occurs to me to embrace my two favorite holidays, Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving and bump Christmas!

From the bottle: "SMASHED PUMPKIN is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavours, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Farenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs. Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer."

I went with a more delicate pour than usual as I was unsure as to the amount of lees present. I got a finger of tawny head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a coppery orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. BUPGOO! Nose had taken on a clove-tobacco quality in the interim and I began to debate donning a black beret for the occasion. Mouthfeel was thick and full on the tongue and combined with the clove/nutmeg/allspice flavors, it was like drinking liquid pumpkin pie! I must remember to get some more this year. I was worried that it had gone over like many of the pumpkin ales in my cellar, but this was phenomenal! Finish was (literally) breathtaking with regard to its spiciness. I may carve a pumpkin tonight in this beer's honor, providing I can find such a gourd. Hauntingly ghoulicious. Say, is that a black cat at my back door? Here, kitty, kitty ...

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.

A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.

T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and,

Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.

O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/4" of light foamy head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Taste is mild; pumpkin shines here with subtle nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Very good balance and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth. The alcohol shows up as the beer warms adding warmth and doesn't detract from the overall flavor.

This is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones on the market.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished deep golden bronze colour. Head is finely bubbled, staying as a snow of filmy white above the main event, and leaving a cascade of thick, meringuey lacing. Actually, it looks quite phenomenal. The colour is orange enough to evoke the pumpkin, and the head is frothy enough to evoke the delicious lightly fluffed filling of the pie. Looks great.

Nose is really nicely balanced between sweet pumpkin and burnt brown sugar, and the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg characters which signify the dessert properties of the beer's genesis. Crusty pastry notes come through as well, leaving this a round "hell yes" for pumpkin pie deliciousness. Spot on.

Taste is also pretty damn good, although there's a surprisingly sharp booze character on the back, which slices through the other characters. Otherwise, it genuinely has that very pleasant pumpkin/sugar sweetness mixed with the lilting pie spice bite; particularly nutmeg on the palate. Quite biting, and I like that: the spice makes itself felt; and the basis is such a lovely sweet pumpkin deepness that it works well - it needs the spice to cut through a little. Apart from the overzealous booze note, it's an extremely good palate. Feel is smooth and rich. Very much suits the style.

This is a really great pumpkin ale. It really conveys to me all the characters I feel should be there - the pie spice, the burnt sugar sweetness, even the slightly dry pastry character. I feel like this is the pumpkin ale which sums up the style for me. It's very good indeed. I'm not sure I've had a better example. Well recommended.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Despite the Hunter Safety Orange colored label this is nowhere close to that color orange.

Smells sweet and spicy with Pumpkin Pie spice and vanilla being strongest. I can smell the pumpkin but not all that strong.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a taste that is pretty close to pumpkin pie. Spicy with a little more herbal bitters than I would have expected. Alcohol level does a good job of releasing the spice essence. Tastes almost like pumpkin pie but not quite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty beer. Might try again at Thanksgiving.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light pumpkin nose. Flavor is almost pumpkin pie, the hops are balancing the sweetness. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Photo of billab914
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very appropriate orange color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The thin head all but disappeared pretty quickly though.

I get a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg to the aroma at first. I get some sweeter, malty, canned pumpkin flavors to it as well. The canned pumpkin flavor is pretty nice for the style, it gives it a smooth, sweetness and helps cut through the spices. I thought it had a very good aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, canned pumpkin, malty flavors to it up front. Midway the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove start to come out and intensify as you get to the finish. I get a little alcohol heat in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low. overall it was a pretty good pumpkin beer. The spices seemed a little strong at times, but still pretty tasty overall. I liked it a lot better then their pumpkinhead one, but not nearly as much as say Pumking. Solid pumpkin offering I'd be happy to but again for the season.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only great things can be said about this beer's sleek, chilly, immaculate orange coloured body. Holding the glass makes the hand awash in enough bright radiance to make even a stained glass window jealous. And although no head sticks around, the way these bubbles run around I'd worry about being sued by the estate of Benny Hill.

The bouquet is only moderate on the pumpkin pie spicing, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. A fair bit of the gourd is perceived too. Largely, however, the aroma shares the same grainy malt and earthy hops as many an English ales. While plainly pumpkin-y, it should not be too unfamiliar.

Pumpkin ales can range in taste from potpourri (too much spice) to plain old pumpkin flesh (not enough spice) to pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream (just right). Shipyard's version is seasoned appropriately but strong alcohol vapors intensify the spice and with nowhere near enough body to emulate pie crusts, it comes off a little too perfumy.

The beer has that wonderful quality of being at once sweet, savory, and spicy. Largely this can be attributed to the nutmeg which, like vanilla, can be a little bit of all those things. The malts help with the sweetness, mind you, and the hops assist the pumpkin in adding earthy spice. Alcohol also adds a bit of spice, but a less desirable kind.

If not for the high alcohol, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin would be a good example of the style for people to cut their teeth on. What it lacks a little in character it makes up for in drinkability; what it lacks in malt it makes up for in spicing. In other words, it's a serviceable ale that might disappoint aficionados but will very much appeal to newbies out there.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg notes. Medium body. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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